A Rochester man accused of killing his grandmother’s neighbor is facing a new assault charge for allegedly throwing urine on a detention deputy.

Malcolm Jammal Woods, 27, is charged with fourth-degree assault for an alleged incident that occurred at the Olmsted County Adult Detention Center. Woods is alleged to have “splashed a yellow-colored liquid,” believed to be urine, onto a detention deputy’s torso, arms and chin at the jail on April 19, according to court documents.

Woods is also charged with first-degree premeditated murder, second-degree murder with intent and possession of ammunition/any firearm with a previous conviction for a crime of violence, according to court records. A grand jury returned the indictments on March 14. He has been held on $2 million unconditional bail since Oct. 1.

Woods, his half-brother Darien Kristopher Klindworth-Woods and cousin Kielah Shanae Parsons are all facing charges in the death of 38-year Brandon Arndt.

Arndt was found shot in the head Sept. 10 at the rear door of the manufactured home where he lived at Bob’s Trailer Court, 1915 Marion Road SE, lot 14. The three allegedly killed Arndt over concerns that he mistreated their elderly grandmother who was hospitalized less than a day before Arndt’s death. Police said they spoke with the woman and found no wrongdoing on Arndt’s part.

Woods appeared in Olmsted County District Court this morning in both cases. During the morning hearing, Woods was found competent to stand trial. During the hearing, Woods refused to answer questions when asked by Judge Joseph Chase but that did not mean he remained silent his entire hearing.

Woods asked multiple times if he could leave during the hearing.

When asked by Chase if he understood the murder charges, Woods responded “I understand y’all gonna take my life from me.”

As Chase went through Woods’ rights in relation to the new charge, Woods said “Man, I’m black with no rights. I’m guilty until proven innocent.”

A pretrial date on the murder charges was not set but a hearing on the assault charge was set for June 4.

Public Safety Reporter

Emily is the Post Bulletin's public safety reporter. A Minnesota native, Emily worked at two newspapers in New England before returning to the Land of 10,000 Lakes in July 2018.

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